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Symbolic Forms for a New Humanity: Cultural and Racial Reconfigurations of Critical Theory

Drucilla Cornell and Kenneth Michael Panfilio


In dialogue with Afro-Caribbean philosophy, this book seeks in Cassirer's philosophy of symbolic forms a new vocabulary for approaching central intellectual and political issues of our time. For Cassirer, what makes humans unique is that we are symbolizing creatures destined to come into a world through varied symbolic forms; we pluralistically work with and develop these forms as we struggle to come to terms with who we are and our place in the universe. This approach can be used as a powerful challenge to hegemonic modes of study that mistakenly place the Western world at the center of intel ... More

Keywords: Afro-Caribbean philosophy, Cassirer, philosophy, symbolic form, symbolizing creatures, symbolic dimension, pluralistic, universe, Frantz Fanon, revolution

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780823232505
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011 DOI:10.5422/fso/9780823232505.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Drucilla Cornell, author
Department of Political Science, Rutgers University

Kenneth Michael Panfilio, author